Anurag Kashyap made his writing debut with the gritty gangster flick, Satya (1998), directed by Ram Gopal Verma, which went on to become a cult classic.
His directorial debut was an edgy, psychological drama, Last Train to Mahakali, followed by the violent, angst ridden rock band film Paanch. He wrote and directed the internationally acclaimed, Black Friday (2004), a film about the terrorist attacks that rocked Mumbai in 1993. British director, Danny Boyle, has cited Black Friday as an inspiration for his 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire saying that its opening scenes were based on Black Friday’s twelve-minute police chase through the crowded Dharavi slum. In 2007, he adapted the Stephen King novel, Quitters Inc. into a feature film titled No Smoking which he also directed. This was followed by the Hindi animated film, The Return of Hanuman. He is also the co-writer of Deepa Mehta’s 2005 Academy-Award nominated film, Water (2005).